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My SIL Is Buying Me Gifts Just to Use Them Herself – I Gave Her a Taste of Her Own Medicine

Elaine’s sister-in-law Jenna always gifted her passive-aggressive presents. When a too-small dress became the last straw, Elaine cooked up a sweet revenge that taught Jenna a lesson in kindness.

Hey everyone, Elaine here, coming to you from my cozy little corner filled with books and the gentle hum of library life. As a 35-year-old librarian, I find my joy among worn pages and whispered stories. I prefer the quiet comfort of my routines over the bustling noise of gyms and fashion shows. It’s a simple life, and I love it just the way it is.

Elaine works in her office | Source: Midjourney

Elaine works in her office | Source: Midjourney

Now, my sister-in-law Jenna, couldn’t be more different. She’s the epitome of a modern fitness guru and fashionista, always dressed in the latest trends and living by her fitness tracker’s alerts.

We get along, sure, but there’s this odd tension that comes gift-wrapped every now and then, from her to me. Jenna has this habit of giving me gifts that feel less like thoughtful gestures and more like subtle jabs at my lifestyle and, not so subtly, my body image.

Jenna gifts Elaine a gym membership | Source: Midjourney

Jenna gifts Elaine a gym membership | Source: Midjourney

It started innocently enough, with a gym membership for my birthday. “For your health,” she said with a smile that didn’t quite reach her eyes. I thanked her, but the truth was, the gym and I were never going to be best friends. I never used that membership, and guess what? Jenna, always keen on adding more gym time to her schedule, took it over without missing a beat.

Then came Christmas. A sleek, high-end smartwatch that buzzed with fitness goals and sleep tracking stats. Again, I thanked her, tucked it away in a drawer, and, like clockwork, Jenna “borrowed” it within a week because mine was “just collecting dust.”

Jenna flaunts her apple watch | Source: Midjourney

Jenna flaunts her apple watch | Source: Midjourney

But the real kicker came at my last birthday. In front of our entire family, Jenna handed me a beautifully wrapped package. Inside was a gorgeous dress, stylish and utterly fashionable—the kind of dress you’d see on a runway.

My heart sank a little when I saw the size tag. It was three sizes too small. Jenna noted my pause and chirped, “It can be your goal dress, Elaine! Imagine how stunning you’ll look!”

Upset Elaine | Source: Midjourney

Upset Elaine | Source: Midjourney

The hurt stung deeper when, not a month later, she wore that very dress to a mutual friend’s wedding. She looked stunning, of course, but when complimented, she laughed and said, “Oh, I just couldn’t resist! It was going to hang in Elaine’s closet forever, you know, since it’d take forever for her to fit into it.”

That moment crystallized something for me. Jenna might not realize the impact of her ‘gifts,’ but it was high time I addressed this pattern. And maybe, just maybe, it was time for a little creativity on my part to return the favor in a way she’d never expect.

After Jenna flaunted the too-small dress at that wedding, my hurt gradually morphed into a resolute determination. Enough was enough. I decided it was time to teach Jenna a lesson in empathy and subtlety, wrapped up in the guise of a perfect birthday gift. My plan? To hit her right in her calorie-counting conscience.

Jenna rocks the tight dress | Source: Midjourney

Jenna rocks the tight dress | Source: Midjourney

Jenna’s birthday was approaching fast, and I knew just what to get her. Despite her notorious aversion to anything sugary or laden with carbs, I went ahead and bought her the most exquisite set of high-end baking equipment you could imagine—shiny mixers, a set of professional baking pans, and even a digital recipe book filled with decadent desserts.

To top it off, I enrolled her in a series of gourmet baking classes at the hottest patisserie school in town. A gift that was thoughtful, yet deliciously ironic.

Elaine gifts Jenna baking equipment | Source: Midjourney

Elaine gifts Jenna baking equipment | Source: Midjourney

The day of Jenna’s birthday arrived, and the look on her face when she unwrapped her present was something to behold. A strained smile quickly painted her lips, her eyes darting around to gauge the reaction of our family members gathered around.

“Oh… Elaine, this is… unexpected,” she managed to say, her voice tight with a forced gratitude that everyone could sense. I could tell she was wrestling with her own rules about indulgence, now trapped by the need to appear grateful for a gift so clearly off her wish list.

Disappointed Jenna | Source: Midjourney

Disappointed Jenna | Source: Midjourney

Months passed, and just as I predicted, Jenna couldn’t bring herself to attend even one baking class. The beautiful, untouched baking gear sat in her kitchen like museum pieces. Seeing my chance, I offered to take the classes in her stead.

“You know, Jenna, it would be a shame to let these go to waste,” I said one afternoon, and she hastily agreed, almost relieved to hand off the responsibility.

Happy Elaine | Source: Midjourney

Happy Elaine | Source: Midjourney

I dove into the world of baking with unexpected zeal. Each class was a revelation, from mastering the delicate art of French pastries to the artful science behind perfect bread. I practiced at home, turning my kitchen into a laboratory of flavors and aromas.

The thrill of creating something delicious from scratch was surprisingly fulfilling. Soon, my weekends were filled with the whir of the mixer and the scent of freshly baked goods wafting through the air.

Baking is Elaine's passion | Source: Midjourney

Baking is Elaine’s passion | Source: Midjourney

As I improved, I started sharing my creations with friends and neighbors, reveling in their compliments and the genuine joy that my pastries brought. Baking quickly grew into a passionate hobby that brought a new spark of joy and creativity into my life.

Little did I know, this sweet venture was setting the stage for a grand display of my newfound skills, and a final twist in my ongoing dance of diplomacy with Jenna.

Elaine writes invitations to her festive dinner | Source: Midjourney

Elaine writes invitations to her festive dinner | Source: Midjourney

The grand reveal came at the most perfect time—during a large family dinner I hosted to showcase my newfound baking prowess. As guests arrived, I greeted them, wearing the dress—the same one Jenna had given me, now perfectly tailored to fit me like a glove. I had secretly bought another one and exchanged it for my actual size.

The moment Jenna walked in and saw me, the look on her face was priceless. Her eyes widened, and I could tell she immediately recognized the dress. The subtle sting of her own tactics mirrored back to her was clear.

Elaine rocks the same dress | Source: Midjourney

Elaine rocks the same dress | Source: Midjourney

For a moment, she looked genuinely humbled. As guests complimented me on both my skills and my outfit, Jenna’s usual flair for the spotlight dimmed.

Later that evening, as the dinner wound down and the last of the desserts were being savored, Jenna pulled me aside. Her voice was softer, her posture less imposing.

“Elaine, I… I didn’t realize how my actions were coming across. I’m sorry,” she admitted, her eyes avoiding mine. “You’ve really outdone yourself tonight, not just with the baking but… with everything.”

Jenna apologizes to Elaine | Source: Midjourney

Jenna apologizes to Elaine | Source: Midjourney

This moment, this change in her, was more than I had hoped for. My plan had been for a subtle nudge, not a transformation. Yet, here we were. Jenna’s apology, sincere and unexpected, was a bittersweet topping to the evening.

As for me, baking had opened a new chapter in my life. It brought me more than the satisfaction of mastery over dough and sugar; it brought me closer to my family and friends. My weekends became a highlight for the neighborhood kids and our family gatherings had never been more lively.

Elaine organises a family gathering | Source: Midjourney

Elaine organises a family gathering | Source: Midjourney

This journey taught us both valuable lessons. Jenna learned the importance of kindness and thoughtfulness in gift-giving, while I discovered new passions and strengthened bonds through the simple act of sharing. Sometimes, the sweetest revenge isn’t bitter at all; it’s as delightful and fulfilling as a freshly baked pastry, made with love and a sprinkle of grace.

I Threw a Surprise Birthday Party for My Mother-in-Law, but What She Did to Me Made Me Escape in Tears

Being outcast by my mother-in-law (MIL) was difficult, but when she put my husband’s ex before me, I knew something had to give! Embarrassed, shunned, and sidelined at a party I hosted for my MIL, I refused to continue taking the abuse! Read about the ultimatum I gave my husband!

An emotional woman crying | Source: Pexels

An emotional woman crying | Source: Pexels

Hi all, Barbara here! I have a fascinating story to share with you all! Let’s start with some background. So my husband, Bill, and I have been married for two wonderful years.

I am of a different race than him (Black), he’s white, and it’s something that’s caused some strife for us. This is something my mother-in-law (MIL), Elaine, clearly doesn’t approve of or like.

An interracial couple holding hands | Source: Getty Images

An interracial couple holding hands | Source: Getty Images

Her dislike of me has seen her leaving me out of family photos, saying I wasn’t real family to them. Luckily, Bill has always backed me up and protected me whenever these types of situations came up.

I tried to overlook the tension between us, really, I did. Despite her warm smiles at family gatherings, her eyes betrayed a frost that could chill the room. Her 60th birthday was last weekend, and despite everything, I wanted to bridge that gap.

Read more of this story here.

This work is inspired by real events and people, but it has been fictionalized for creative purposes. Names, characters, and details have been changed to protect privacy and enhance the narrative. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

The author and publisher make no claims to the accuracy of events or the portrayal of characters and are not liable for any misinterpretation. This story is provided “as is,” and any opinions expressed are those of the characters and do not reflect the views of the author or publisher.

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